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Feb 27, 2013 4:00am PST
after decades of change in the south. >> reporter: in shelby county, like in most parts of alabama, the question is whether the state's racist past must forever define it. 50 years ago alabama was the center of the civil rights movement. protesters endured fire hoses, arrests, bombings in the fight for equality. one result was the voting rights act. one provision of the act, section 5, still requires all or part of 16 states, mostly in the south, to get approval from the justice department before changing voting procedures or electoral maps. >> section 5, which is what we're attacking, was never intended by congress to be permanent. >> reporter: shelby county lawyer frank ellis is at the heart of the battle to eliminate section 5 and force the federal government to treat alabama and other coverage states like the rest of the country. >> they're still using the same criteria to determine whether these 16 states that are covered are still using the same test that they used in 1965. >> reporter: what's wrong with that? >> what's wrong with that? things have changed in the south. this
Feb 26, 2013 7:00pm EST
legal correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: in shelby county-- like in most parts of alabama-- the question is whether the state's racist past must forever define it. 50 years ago, alabama was the center of the civil rights movement. protesters endured fire hoses, arrests, bombings, and the fight for equality. one result was the voting rights act. one provision of the act, section 5 still requires all or part of 16 states-- mostly in the south-- to get approval from the justice department before changing voting procedures or electoral maps. >> section 5 which is what we're attacking, was never intended by congress to be permanent. >> reporter: shelby county lawyer frank ellis is at the heart of the battle to eliminate section 5 and force the federal government to treat alabama and other covered states like the rest of the country. >> they're still using the same criteria to determine whether these 16 states that are covered, they're still using the same test they used in 1965. >> reporter: what's wrong with that? >> what's wrong with that? things have changed in the south! this is
Feb 25, 2013 1:00pm PST
hear jor oral arguments that could turn over the law. john, this supreme court case is called shelby county versus holder. it's happening because a county in alabama is challenging the legality of section five of the voting rights act which says nine states and parts of seven others are required to get permission from the justice department before they're able to change their voting laws. these areas are designated because they have a history of racial discrimination at the polls. but shelby county, alabama, among others argue that this history is now in the past. they say section five of the voting rights act is obsolete and the federal government can simply trust them from now on. are they right? >> no, no, they're not right. >> oh, they're not? >> no. this law was reauthorized by congress overwhelmingly in 2006. you better believe if shelby county could be trusted, if all these other jurisdictions could be trusted, congress would have shelved the voting rights act and section five when they had a chance to during the reauthorization. martin, look at this, in 2006 it passed the hou
Feb 20, 2013 7:00am EST
senator shelby. we want to do with sequester. we also want to deal with the issues of the c.r. versus omnibus. we don't want a government shutdown. we are looking, we are working with our house counterparts on this. so we don't want that either. also, when the president budget, i'm asking my subcommittee chairs and my ranking members to move out swiftly and smartly to begin their hearings. this committee, the administration is late in cementing its budget, it's going to meet its prime line of holding hearings and being ready for markup in late spring and on the floor this summer. we are in this committee willing to make every effort to have a regular order and follow the traditions of calendar to do that. so 2014 will have real hearings, we're going to have real debate, real discussions and a regular order. and i want to thank senator shelby for the wave we are working to meet this -- to make this work. senator boozman? >> thank you, madam chairman, it's good to be a. mr. warfel, i think i'm correct in stating that the veterans administration -- >> usurer microphone. it's hard to you,
Feb 28, 2013 3:00am PST
washington. yesterday in the supreme court justices picking up a case called shelby county versus holder. headline in "the new york times," voting rights law draws skepticism from justices. doug kendall is the founder and the president of the constitutional accountability center here in washington and joins us in studio. hey, doug, good to see you. >> good morning, bill. >> bill: so shelby county, alabama, is challenging the voting rights act which was first adopted signed by lyndon johnson in 1965, renewed again by congress in 2006. >> that's correct. >> bill: so shelby county says what, we should be able to discriminate against blacks if we want to? >> that the south has changed so much we no longer need the voting rights act. it was a good law when passed. it was needed at that time. they admit freely they were bad actors in 1965 but they argue that oh, now things have changed so much that we no longer need the federal supervision of what we do. >> bill: particularly is -- revolves around section five, correct? as i understand. section five requires what? >> section five requires that
Feb 9, 2013 12:25pm EST
is shelby. she is 12 years old. it wasn't long ago that she would have needed a wheelchair to be with us. for nearly her entire life, she was a prisoner to a rare and unknown neurological disorder that prevented her from speaking. she could not hold up her head. she had trouble eating and breathing. her case had the doctors stopped. shelby some researchers at the center for rare childhood disorders) arizona -- saw a researchers at the center for rare childhood disorders) arizona. they prescribed a treatment plan. the results speak for themselves. shelby, i am so happy you are with us today. please stand so that we may applaud you and your courage. [applause] i have been in public life and long time. you know i speak my mind. i do it i think is right. a lot like arizona herself. our state has never shied away from tough decisions. we have been a national leader when it comes to everything from battling federal mandates, to pushing the feds to live up to their responsibilities. it should be no surprise that when it comes to management, of our precious natural resources, i would lik
Feb 20, 2013 3:00pm PST
. >> thanks for having me. >> michael: shelby county alabama, has brought the supreme court challenge to the voting rights act. states like alabama, they say shouldn't be singled out. how do you respond to that? >> well, shelby county is about the last -- shelby county alabama is about the last place in the world that has standing to make that argument. they have been found in violation of the voting right's act innumerable times, and the basic response is while things may have gotten better in the south, there is still a significant body of evidence both developed by congress in 2006, and then developed over the course of the 2012 election that voter suppression efforts targeted minorities and are alive and well out there in these covered jurisdictions. so the voting right's act is as vital as ever. >> michael: i want to ask you, we were talk about shelby county, alabama, does it have to be a blanket changing of the voting right's act or is there a process where they can go and say we want to be exempt from this now? is there a petition process to get off of this probation? >> yeah,
Feb 27, 2013 10:00am PST
under the same form, none of which applied for many, many years. >> the shelby county attorney after his arguments to a supreme court where the justices seem to be signaling skepticism about the 1965 voting act. we are joined by the new president of the naacps legal defense fund arguing this case. it is not looking good, at least, if one can read the tea leaves based on today's arguments. let me hear your response. >> i didn't argue the case, one of our great lawyers argued. >> aware of that. >> we were not at all discouraged by the argument today. i think it was a very rigorous argument. i think the shelby county attorney would have to say he was grilled heavily as well, as it should be. this is a serious matter. when the court heard the case in 2008, the court engaged in rigorous questioning. we were not put off by that. what we were thrilled to hear is that all of the members of the court who addressed the issue seem to be clear that shelby county, alabama has not made the kind of progress that allows it to come out from the voting right act. we heard the justices express concerns
Feb 22, 2013 2:30am PST
senator bob dole, who called him an exceptional leader, and senator richard shelby of alabama. it was kind of an underwhelming vote of confidence. shelby said, quote, he's probably as good as we're going to get, end quote. the senate returns from recess next week. >>> there are some new numbers out this morning that could impact the debate over gun violence in america. an analysis by "usa today" shows most people who died in a mass shooting were killed by someone they knew. of the more than 900 people killed in those types of attacks over the past seven years, 40% involved a family member. that's according to a breakdown of fbi records. now, yesterday vice president joe biden was just a few miles from the site of the sandy hook shooting in newtown, connecticut, where he ramped up the pressure on congress. >> people say and you read and people write about the political risk and why they're unacceptable to take on. i say it's unacceptable not to take these on. it's just simply unacceptable. it is not something we can fail to do. if you're concerned about your political survival, you sho
Feb 23, 2013 5:00am PST
take aim at voting rights. ryan haygood a member of the litigation team arguing shelby v. holder before the supreme court this week. and bishop harry jones, a pastor at the mount mariah baptist church in colorado and in support of the voting rights act. in 1965, over a century of the emancipation proclamation, signed into law, people of color with their exercise of the right to vote. the heart of the voting ryes action is section five which subjects any voting changes in the south and some other covered jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to a process known as preclearance. meaning these states must first clear any changes that affect the justice department or the federal court to make sure they don't have a racially biased fact. when the supreme court hears shelby versus holder that essentially says things have changed in the south. it's now antiquated, unnecessary and therefore unconstitutional. undeniably, the south say different place today than it was in 1965. and yet not one african-american has been elected to state office in mississippi, louisiana or sou
Feb 28, 2013 4:00am PST
discrimination to get permission in advance before changing their voting laws. shelby county, alabama, brought the case saying the law was outdated. outside the court hundreds of protesters from shelby county rallied to support the law as it is. the nine justices are expected to meet in private to discuss the merits of the case. >>> it is time now for weather. bill karens is here with the forecast. good morning. >> a rainy forecast in the northwest. avalanche threat, too, because of the heavy rain. that's how we'll end our february. temperatures are mild and that's why we are not too concerned with a ton of snow in the cascades. they'll do more melting than anything else. snow level above 5,000 feet. we got a plume of the moisture off the pacific, so it will be a good soaking. we have seen rain overnight and last night. now it will rain all day today and should sneak up more to british columbia throughout a majority of the day tomorrow. notice about northern california upwards is where we are dealing with the rainy forecast. and you can already see on the radar it is a big umbrella da
Feb 11, 2013 5:00pm PST
they took off in a hurry, so fast we could barely catch them on camera. the dogs chance and shelby had already been working that kylie took a year to train. this is amazing video shelby is walking this injured goose out of harm's way into safety. >> they are protected those birds by federal law. this is a technique that's allowed. it is a way to deter and harass them without physically harming them. >> reporter: for these two entrepreneurs things are looking up. their business started by chance is growing. >> we do a business complex out in walnut creek. we also have a golf course that we are going to be starting. and we do another business complex in emeryville. >> reporter: if you think you can just start a business like this yourself, a word of caution. these are highly trained licensed and bonded professionals. patrick sedillo, kpix 5. >> it's so beautiful here. >>> it felt like spring today. >> could you hear the moving trucks coming from the east coast to the west? >> they can't get stranded. they will get here friday! [ laughter ] >> don't call your friends back east unless
Feb 27, 2013 10:00pm PST
in 2006, with overwhelming support. but shelby county, alabama says the law has outlived its time. frank ellis is the county attorney. >> we ask for some recognition that we and these other covered jurisdictions have made great strides over the last 48 years. i was 24 years old. i've been the county attorney since 1964. i was 24 years old when we came under section 5. i'm 73 last weekend and we're still under the same formula, none of which has applied to us in many, many, many years. >> brown: president obama has recently voiced support for upholding the voting rights act. he's said that if part of the law is struck down, it will be harder to prevent acts of voting discrimination. the case provoked some tough questioning at the court tay. and of course marcia coyle of the "national law journal" was there and is back with us tonight. so, marcia, tell us a little bit about the challenge from shelby county. why this particular county what's their argument? >> this case was teed up by an organization here in washington, d.c. known as the project for fair representation. the organizat
Feb 27, 2013 7:00pm PST
redistricting maps in texas, all under section five. federal courts agreed in most cases. but today, shelby county alabama legal experts, paid for, by a conservative activist, said they were wrong to react, because basically, racism is now a thing of the past in the south. >> i was 24 years old when we came under section five. i'm 73 last weekend. and we are still under the same formula, none of which has applied to us in many, many, many years. >> section five currently covers alabama, alaska, arizona, georgia, louisiana, mississippi, south carolina, texas and virginia. and some jurisdictions in several other states, including new york. during oral arguments, justice sotomayer spoke on the litigation permitted to catch the new forms of discrimination practices being developed. as the court struck down one form, the states would find another. justice scalia said the courts should be skeptical because it would be damaging for politicians to vote against the perpetuation of racial entitlement for minority voters. here was reverend al sharpton on the steps today. >> last year the id lines, and
Feb 27, 2013 8:00am PST
show everybody that a lower court rules against shelby in which it says that overt racial discrimination persists in covered jurisdictions. a "the washington post" editorial says protecting the right to vote is of such importance that congress should have the authority to use strong measures to protect it. how do you predict the arguments will go today? >> it is going to be tough because over the last 30 years we've looked at the record of supreme court justice roberts and his track record on this issue. he has been a person who has been against the voting rights act. he wrote several memos during the reagan administration to the justice department that, you know, flew in the face of the section 5 and other sections of the voting rights act in feeling it had youd lived its usefulness. we know its useful in evidence is right when we look at places like here in georgia. john lewis is the congressman here and we certainly honor the fight and stand he took for atlanta and around the south. that fight just isn't over. when you look at the new voting i.d. laws they're pressing i
Feb 19, 2013 5:00pm EST
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Feb 25, 2013 8:00pm EST
, shelby vs. holder. which it ruled in the favor of shelby count -- if ruled in the favor of shelby county, alabama, would take us back 50 years and undo protections granted in the voting rights act. some argue we no longer need some of these protections provided in the voting rights act. some argue we have achieved equality and justice for all. some argue that section five is outdated because racism has been eviscerated. it is true we've come a long way and times have changed. but the unfortunate fact is we have not changed enough. let's look at the facts. this past november, people across this nation had to wait in line to vote for hours in places such as miami, tampa, richmond, charlotte, andra league. -- and raleigh. sometimes people waited six, seven, or eight hours to exercise their fundamental right to vote. in the president's state of the union address, president obama had a guest a woman by the name of desilene victor who waited six hours in florida to vote, she was 102 years old. this is simply unacceptable and unfortunately, long voting lines have become all too common pl
Feb 15, 2013 3:30pm PST
experience, here in the united states. i had heard of marcus shelby and had been in join his work but never had the opportunity to meet him. we were brought together by the equal justice society specifically for this project. we were charged with beginning work. marquez and i spent a lot of time addressing our own position on the death penalty, our experiences with people who had been incarcerated, family members, friends of friends. pulling our information. beyond that, we did our own research. to create a picture that resonated with humanity. it is the shape of a house. in this context, it is also small and acts like a cell. i thought that was an interesting play on how these people make these adjustments, half to create home. what is home for these people? the home is their cell. people talk a lot about noise -- very noisy in prisons. that is interesting to me. looking at the communication level, the rise of frustration of being caged, wondering, where does redemption fit into the equation here? [singing] i think both of us really believe the death penalty is wrong, and is flawed for man
Feb 26, 2013 1:00pm EST
much. >> senator shelby. >> thank you. mr. chairman, welcome again to the committee. the balance sheet of the fed is $3 billion, is that about right? >> yes, sir. >> you said it then, didn't you? it's about $3 trillion. >> yes, sir. >> you studied the fed a long time before you ever came to the fed. has there ever been of balance sheet close to that? >> i don't think so. >> no. okay. does it concern you how you might have to deleverage the balance she'd and will that be a challenge to the fed or could it be? >> senator, i should comment though the fed hasn't had a balance sheet this side, others have. >> they paid for it, too. >> depends on your point of view. the current japanese prime minister doesn't think they have done enough. >> what do you think? >> i think this he should try to get rid of deflation. i support their attempts to get rid of deflation. in terms of exiting from our balance sheet, we put out, a couple of years ago we put out a plan, we have a set of tools, belts, suspenders, different ways we can do it. i think we have the technical means to unwind at the appropriate
Feb 27, 2013 1:00pm EST
, a landmark achievement of the civil era, was challenged by shelby county, alabama, which said the requirement outlived its usefulness. we spoke about the oral argument today on "washington journal." host: the supreme court hears a case about the voting rights act today and here to talk about with us is ari berman, contributing righter at the nation. and hang von, at the heritage foundation, thank you to you. before we get into the specifics what the supreme court is hearing today,ary, tell us about the voting rights act and its history. >> it was put into place because in 1870 the states ratified the 15th amendment which basically said that you shall not abridge or deny the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. what happened following the 15th amendment is that we got the jim crow era. so for almost 100 years black voters were disenfranchised in the south. there was a need for a new piece of congressional legislation, one that actually had teeth that would be able to enforce essentially the promise of the 15th amendment by abolishing things like l
Feb 22, 2013 10:00am EST
have the votes to become the next secretary of defense. alabama's richard shelby a top republican is breaking ranks and says he'll vote to end the filibuster and will then vote for hagel's nomination. in a less than ringing endorsement shelby says he is probably as good as we're going to get. but 15 other republicans including marco rubio and ted cruz are continuing the fight. they sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination. the white house says that will not happen. >> just to be clear he won't be withdrawn. >> absolutely not. if any suggestion to the otherwise to the contrary might have been found in the minutes of the meetings of the friends of hamas. yeah. >> white house secretary jay carney making light of a discredited report that claimed hagel received speaking fees from a group called friends of hamas, a group that doesn't exist. let me bring in a republican strategist chip saltsman and democratic strategist morris reed. good morning, guys. >> good morning. >> morris, texas republican ted cruz is among 15 senators asking the president to dump c
Feb 27, 2013 5:00pm PST
heard oral arguments today in a case brought by shelby county in alabama. during the hearing, a key provision of the voting rights act came under attack. it's section 5. section 5 gives federal authority over voting rights in states with histories of racial discrimination. it has been reauthorized by the congress, my friends, on four different occasions. we've been down this road. recently section 5 was invoked to block discriminatory voter id laws in texas and in south carolina. although conservative supreme court justice antonin scalia dismissed the protects of the voting rights act as a perpetrator pet weighs of racial entitlement. it shocked a lot of americans today. scalia continued whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes. meaning congress has no clue what they're doing, we'll take care of it here at the court. this man is a supreme court justice. to him the constitutional right to vote is a racial entitlement, question mark? it sounds like scalia is on the same side as the attorneys represent
Feb 27, 2013 12:00am PST
front of the united states supreme court, attorneys for shelby county, alabama, will say that special protection for minorities is outdated. they want to change it. that's in spite of the fact that the voting rights act was reauthorized by president george w. bush back in 2006. frankel liss, an alabama attorney says registration of white minority voters in shelby county, alabama, has been the same for a decade. his quote was the south has changed. it's not the same as it was in 1964. the whole country has changed. we are a dynamic society, not just in alabama, but everywhere. wait a minute, not everywhere. in florida last year, the justice department had to step in time and time again to stop governor rick scott from purging minority voters from rural voting roles and eliminating early voting. thankfully, attorney general eric holder knows minority voting suppression is real. >> it is the position of this department of justice and this attorney general that we will vigorously defend and vigorously use section 5. the need for it is still there. >> make no mistake, this is all about pol
Feb 14, 2013 8:00pm EST
senate that senator shelby and i have a long-standing, personal and professional relationship. we have been through the house of representatives together. we sit on the server committee and served together. i look forward to working with him as my vice chair and continuing the tradition of bipartisanship that has been characteristic of this committee. my relationship with senator shelby is based on mutual trust, mutual respect, and the desire to move forward. we know that we will disagree on matters of policy, that if we could agree it on matters of progress i get beyond ultimatum's, government lurching from one dramatic event to another and return to regular order, the country will be better governed and the american people will be better served. this appropriations committee i will remind everyone is one of over two congressional committees -- the revenue committee gathers revenue to operate the government of the united states. the other is to make wise and prudent expenditures in the interest of the united states. we are constitutionally mandated except finance and appropriations. w
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Feb 27, 2013 4:00pm PST
pros cease cease. that is why shelby county attorney argued it's time -- the courts to step in to see overturning what the congress has done in this respect. he says that there is plenty of evidence that things have improved when it comes to things like voter discrimination in places like shelby county. he says yet, the states are still forced to spend a lot of time and money complying with the voters rights act. >> there is is a very high cost to pay for the remedy and we should not apply it unless we can show that either the old disease is not cured, which nobody claims or the new disease can be cured by this specific remedy. >> if the court stays true past practice, they will take an initial vote on this behind closed doors on friday. o to be a fly on the wall. we should have a final decision from the court publicly by june. shep? >> shepard: shannon bream at the supreme court. thanks. meantime just a block away from the u.s. supreme court. the civil rights icon rosa parks taking her place among the elite group of american historical figures with a statue in the u.s. capitol st
Feb 22, 2013 6:00am PST
, hagel also picked up another republican for confirmation from alabama's richard shelby. here's what shelby told his hometown paper, that though he has concerns about hagel's nomination, he plans to vote for him and expects hagel to win senate confirmation. quote, he's probably as good as we're going to get, he told the paper. it's clear hagel's opponents know their firewall is cracking. the white house is continuing to vent their frustration about how long it's taking. it was this was press secretary jay carney yesterday. >> just to be clear, he won't be withdrawn? >> absolutely not. any suggestion to the otherwise might have been found in the minutes of the friends of hamas. >> friends of ha muss is supposedly that group that gave money to hagel but never existed. treasury nominee jack lew. he has been asked and he's answered more questions for the record than every nominee for the department since 1995 combined. white house circulated this chart which shows lew has answered 444 questions ford, 395 of them from republicans, and if you go back to willy benson, you see those numbers
Feb 27, 2013 3:00pm PST
against shelby county's claim at the supreme court today. let me ask you mr. haygood, the statement i read from miss greenhouse of the new york times, this would be an unprecedented power grab for the supreme court to actually interfere with the will of the people. congress made the voting rights act including in 2006. for them to interfere with it would be unprecedented in terms of how the legal community is set up and the legal system is set up in this system, is that correct? >> that's absolutely right, reverend sharpton. over four decades, four times the supreme court upheld section v against constitutional challenges. it's recognized as a crowning achievement and has gone a distance in recognizing racial discrimination in those places is a different character. it's more intense, more persistent. section v is a strong medicine, a strong remedy to a strong type of discrimination that's persisted over time. the supreme court recognized the gains we have seen have been part and partial of section v. what the court recognized today in oral argument, there's been progress, but discri
Feb 15, 2013 9:00am EST
dog as my sweet old shelby who passed away at 18 years old. i thought maybe upstairs granny and shelby were saying, let's send her this dog. here's the final thing. would he get along with my other two dogs? here they all are on my couch. now we have a house full of wonderful rescues. there's brownie, lady bird and rocket at the top. like they have lived together all of their lives. >> that's great. >> our home is bursting at the seams. we're so happy. i'm so excited about it. he's such a love. >> and you were kind of afraid to tell people. >> they're going to think i'm crazy. >> no. we think you're wonderful. >> i feel like, okay -- >> you have three kids, now three dogs. the story is great. i'll bet you're right, you were sent that dog -- >> they were up there saying, let's send her this dog. >> every time we have dogs on the show, every monday, she is close to adopting a dog. >> i say no. but this dog came to us. i felt it was our duty. for a chance to see your friend as our pet of the day like we showed rocket, send a picture and your pet's name to >> that
Feb 11, 2013 6:00pm PST
camera. the dogs chance and shelby had already been working that kylie took a year to train. this is amazing video shelby is walking this injured goose out of harm's way into safety. >> they are protected those birds by federal law. this is a technique that's allowed. it is a way to deter and harass them without physically harming them. >> reporter: for these two entrepreneurs things are looking up. their business started by chance is growing. >> we do a business complex out in walnut creek. we also have a golf course that we are going to be starting. and we do another business complex in emeryville. >> reporter: if you think you can just start a business like this yourself, a word of caution. these are highly trained licensed and bonded professionals. patrick sedillo, kpix 5. >>> this skydiver's parachute failed because of among other things worn-out velcro. coming up, the second part of our kpix 5 investigation into how something like this could happen at 13,000 feet. >> good evening to you, meteorologist paul deanno with the forecast that continues to be dry, driest start on recor
Feb 27, 2013 8:00am PST
. but now shelby county, alabama, where calera is located is challenging section 5 as a violation of the state's rights. . >> reporter: just one docounty the north of this church four little girls were kills in a bombing in 1963. now the supreme court has been asked to accept the argument that the south has changed to what some say is the heart of the voting rights act. frank ellis is the shelby county attorney. >> the south is not the same south it was in 1964. the whole country has changed. we're a dynamic society. >> reporter: how much things have changed is disputed. whites we spoke with in this local diner says they seed the election of the first black president is real sign. >> i look at the discrimination going back 15 years, ten years in the south. i thnk we are gaining ground. >> reporter: but african-americans recall the battle in the black election over alleged voter suppression and some say things have gotten worse because obama's election mate some white voters angry. >> you have some people who are very unhappy. during the election time, you know, you had dummies of preside
Feb 15, 2013 1:00am EST
, senator shelby. then we will go to the panel after that. >> thank you, chairman mikulski. thank you for your kind words. today we will hear from our witnesses on the impacts of the sequester, which is appropriate and timely. the cuts are poised to take effect in 15 days. it should be noted that the sequester is something that congress and the president set in motion, knowing full well that this day would come. the sequester would bring spending cuts that are automatic and across the board for discretionary. the formula would determine how many cuts are made and stead of what is based on economic growth, say it, and prosperity. cuts will come without regard to a program's merit. some of the most severe cuts will hit defense programs. we must reduce spending, but it should be done in a deliberate way. the sequester was supposed to be a last resort in the so- called supercommittee failed to agree upon measures. in the end, maybe stan impasse. -- they reached an impasse. we have seen the sequester coming, but we have not taken any steps to fix it. congress has only delayed it further. this
Feb 22, 2013 4:00am PST
nation's next defense secretary after winning support from richard shelby of alabama who took part in the filibuster. a vote is expected tuesday. meanwhile, 15 republican senators have sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacks broad bipartisan support. >>> former illinois cop drew peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife kathleen savio. in a rare courtroom outburst 59-year-old screamed, "i did not kill kathleen." peterson is still a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife stacy. >>> a crewless russian cruise ship is adrift in the ocean after the cable snapped twice while being towed. the ghost ship has no power lights making it a threat to other vessels. the ship's owner is in talks with salvage companies to locate and retrieve it. >>> massive mutant gold fish are being found in lake tahoe. scientists believe they were dumped there by aquarium owners and could have a negative impact on the lake's species. who knew they could get that big. >>> and the deadbeat dad. robert sand plead
Feb 28, 2013 2:30am PST
in the case shelby county, alabama, said it's so undated and no longer constitutional. the requirement of the states to get federal approval before changing election laws was a great perpetuation. surprise, surprise. justice anthony kennedy in this case is likely to be the swing vote. >>> meanwhile, as black history month comes to a close, president obama helped unveil a statue of rosa parks at the u.s. capitol. rosa parks was ordered by a bus driver to give up her seat to a white passenger in montgomery, alabama, she famously refused. president obama at the ceremony praised parks' act. >> like the passengers on the bus, we see the way things are, children hungry in a land of plenty. entire neighborhoods ravaged by violence. families hobbled by job loss or illness. rosa parks tells us there's always something that we can do. >> that statue of parks is the first of any african-american woman to go on display at the capitol. >>> new jersey governor chris christie is not taking his snub next month as a sign of waning support. christie seemed unconcerned about his standing with
Feb 24, 2013 3:00pm PST
confirmed. >> and senator shelby will go along. >> at a distinguished american leader from alabama, former democratic senator, later republican senator, switched in 1994, and he has announced his support. >> can i have a quick comment on jesse jackson, jr.? he pled guilty to stealing $750,000. >> he did all the right things. he worked hard. he did not hold press conferences. someone has to explain to me. i went from a timex to an l.l. bean watch. when is the appeal of a $443,000 watch? >> roosevelt, churchill, it's just a long history. the tarp to be the son of a famous person. >> i talked to him right after he got any and i thought he had a very bright future. thanks. we will see you next week. what's for a transcript of this broadcast, log onto >>> from washington, the "the mclaughlin group," the american original. for over three decades, the sharpest minds, best sources, hardest talk. >> "the mclaughlin group" is brought to you by siemens. last. siemens. answers. >>> issue one. sequester showdown. >> so these cuts are not smart, they are not fair. they will hurt our
Feb 15, 2013 3:00pm PST
out. thea shelby who has been working really hard, one of the founders of the lower haight merchant and neighborhood associations. she has been a tireless advocate in this area for public safety. i'm so happy to see you here. devon, the new president and thea has served as the president for the past two years, and devon is now taking over as the new president. and wing-wings, wing-wings, one of my favorite places. lisa is here from wing-wings, and dick, one of my favorite people from the lower haight, i am so happy to see you all here. i wanted to just come and congratulate. is there someone else here? oh, robert, hi, sweety. he's always there for you. he's amazing guy. and thank you all so much for being here. i'm just here as the supervisor, my first event to honor you, to support you, to thank you for not just being in the neighborhood, but really opening up your doors and caring about the neighborhood. caring about what happens to the people there, caring about what happens to the businesses, not just your own business, but all the businesses. i love the lower haight because it'
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